Auburn hopes to add an elite linebacker beyond Michael Harris, Zakoby McClain

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers  football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Friday, and SEC Country looks at the plans going forward at linebacker, plus an in-home visit during SEC Championship week. 

Auburn’s remaining plan at linebacker in 2018 class

With Zakoby McClain now committed, that finally makes two linebackers in Auburn’s 2018 class.

Michael Harris and McClain are a solid combination. During spring and fall assistant media days, linebackers coach Travis Williams said two was the number the Tigers would definitely get to at the position. He, of course, would like to have as many new, fresh bodies in his unit as possible, which is why Auburn will try to work to add at least one more down the stretch.

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From what I’ve been told, Auburn doesn’t plan to step out of its comfort zone to look for the final piece.

Auburn linebacker target Channing Tindall took his official visit for the Iron Bowl. (Benjamin Wolk/SEC Country)

There are three linebackers the Tigers have been recruiting all cycle that they will still try to add — Alabama commit Quay Walker, Channing Tindall and JJ Peterson. That’s also the order of confidence Auburn has in landing one of those three linebackers.

Auburn is said to be feeling better about Walker by the day, but a source close to Alabama’s side of the situation doesn’t expect to lose Walker as long as defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is still there. That one could get interesting if Pruitt were to take a job elsewhere.

Tindall took his official visit for the Iron Bowl and has added Auburn back to his top group. Let’s say the Tigers have a lukewarm confidence level when it comes to stealing Tindall from South Carolina and Georgia.

The final one on the list is Peterson, who said recently that Auburn has backed off its communication. With the season winding down, don’t be surprised to see the Tigers continue their season-long push for Peterson, just in case.

Auburn makes in-home visit to see Luke Ford family

Remember the tweet offensive line coach Herb Hand sent at the beginning of the week? If not, Hand sent an open letter (tweet) to 2018 prospects to “apologize” for the coaching staff’s unavailability for in-home visits this week. Why? Auburn’s preparing for the SEC Championship Game.

Apparently, there are exceptions to every rule.

Auburn tight ends coach Larry Porter traveled to Illinois on Thursday for an in-home visit with the nation’s No. 2 tight end, Luke Ford, and his older brother Noah Ford, who has received a walk-on offer from Auburn as a fullback. This shows the priority of this duo to Auburn’s 2018 class.

Both prospects visited Auburn for the Iron Bowl. Luke Ford’s was an official visit.

Auburn and Georgia are the only two programs that have offered Noah as a walk-on fullback, which is why those two programs are believed to be in a late-cycle battle for one of the most athletic tight ends in the country.

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